Server Virtualization

Server virtualization is an effective method for improving resource utilization, increasing availability, and improving agility within an organization’s infrastructure. It allows for a single piece of equipment to function as multiple virtual servers that perform different functions and even run different operating systems. CIT will help you transform your data center so you can accomplish more with less. We help you aggregate the functionality of many servers within fewer devices, and augment performance and functionality while streamlining IT management.

Through our vendor partnerships with VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix, CIT offers a variety of server virtualization solutions that can meet a variety of needs.  Each vendor offers their own flavor of hypervisor:

VMware:              vShpere

Microsoft:           Hyper-V

Citrix:                    XenServer

Each of these offers a stable platform for building a private cloud for the data center with data center server virtualization features that include high availability clustering, snapshots, and application portability. Moving to a private cloud architecture (virtualized data center) also provides a foundation for disaster recovery planning. Virtualized servers are more easily ported from hardware platform to hardware platform whether they are in the same room or across the continent. Server virtualization has enabled organizations of all sizes to implement more robust disaster recovery plans.

One of the most common uses of a virtualized environment is in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments. VDI allows a Windows or Linux client operating system to run on server-based virtual machines in the data center, which the user can access from a PC, thin client, or other device. A full client environment is virtualized within a server-based hypervisor, centralizing users’ desktops.

Cost-effectiveness

Server virtualization is an effective method for improving resource utilization, increasing availability, and improving agility within an organization’s infrastructure. VMware vSphere, Hyper-V Server, and Citrix XenServer provide simple server virtualization solutions for any size organization.

Scalability and performance improvement

When consolidating servers, VMware vSphere, Hyper-V Server, and Citrix XenServer significantly increase scalability, allowing virtualization of almost any workload.

Network virtualization

VMware vSphere, Hyper-V Server, and Citrix XenServer offer network virtualization that decouples your server configuration from your network configuration to provide multiple virtual dedicated networks. This enables seamless communications among virtual machines, and migration across physical servers while isolating these networks from one another to enhance security.

Extensible/Virtual Switch

VMware vSphere, Hyper-V Server, and Citrix XenServer have all been enhanced and offer virtual switching for virtual machine protection, traffic isolation, traffic prioritization, usage metering, and troubleshooting. To help integrate virtual networking into existing infrastructures, these platforms provide for third-party extensions to work with existing monitoring and security tools, or with other specialized third-party functionality.

Virtual machine scale and mobility

VMware vSphere, Hyper-V Server, and Citrix XenServer can host larger virtual machines with more virtual processors and memory – and host more of them on larger server clusters. Combined with other features such as Dynamic Memory, this enables you to consolidate even very large workloads densely and efficiently.

CIT can provide your organization with the enhanced capabilities and features that help consolidate servers effectively while making maximum use of resources. CIT maintains partnerships with leading server hardware vendors and major providers of virtualization software. Talk to CIT to learn how VMware’s vSphere, Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server, and Citrix’s XenServer will enable tremendous flexibility in virtual machine placement and management throughout your organization’s virtual environment, through the inclusion of support for simultaneous live migrations, storage live migration, and shared-nothing live migration. Or inquire about the offerings of our other partners.